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13 Minutes (2015)

Elser (original title)
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In November 1939, Georg Elser's attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler fails, and he is arrested. During his confinement, he recalls the events leading up to his plot and his reasons for deciding to take such drastic action.


Léonie-Claire Breinersdorfer (screenplay), Fred Breinersdorfer (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christian Friedel ... Georg Elser
Katharina Schüttler ... Elsa
Burghart Klaußner ... Arthur Nebe
Johann von Bülow ... Heinrich Müller
Felix Eitner Felix Eitner ... Hans Eberle
David Zimmerschied ... Josef Schurr
Rüdiger Klink Rüdiger Klink ... Erich
Simon Licht Simon Licht ... SS Obergruppenführer
Cornelia Köndgen ... Maria Elser
Martin Maria Abram Martin Maria Abram ... Ludwig Elser
Michael Kranz ... Franz Xaver Lechner
Gerti Drassl Gerti Drassl ... Lore
Lissy Pernthaler Lissy Pernthaler ... Protokollführerin
Valentina Repetto Valentina Repetto ... Brunhilde
Anna Unterberger ... Anna


The breath-taking story of a man who nearly would have changed the world. 1939, when Hitler convinced millions of people at the height of his power, one said a radical No: Georg Elser, disparaged as an assassin, is one of the greatest resistance fighters. Written by Andrei

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Based on the true story of the man minutes away from almost killing Adolf Hitler See more »


Biography | Drama | War

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Rated R for disturbing violence and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


During the interrogation of Elser by the German scientists, he is injected with Pervitin, which was the early version of what is known nowadays as crystal meth. See more »


In the first flashback to 1932, two young boys are shown trading cards of airplanes. One of the cards shows a Messerschmidt Bf-109, which one boy also calls a "Messerschmidt". But the Bf-109 had its first flight only in 1935 and entered service not until 1937, so it would not have been featured in a 1932 trading cards game. See more »


Georg Elser: If humanity isn't free, everything dies with it.
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The Internationale
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The downfall that wasn't
24 August 2018 | by paul2001sw-1See all my reviews

Some assassins (and would-be assasins) are highly politcally motivated. Others are just crazy. Oliver Hirschbiegel's film about Georg Elser, who single-handedly attempted to Kill Adolf Hitler in 1939, suggests he was neither; or at least, that his political antipathy to the Fuehrer was driven by a more generalised disgust at the sheer ugliness and banal brutality of life under the Nazis. Hisrschbiegl previously made the brilliant 'Downfall' about Hitler's final days; this film is somewhat less awesome, in part because it focuses on Elser's arrest and interrogation, and tells the story of his earlier life in flashback, removing some of its sense of immediacy. It's still an interesting story, not about a hero in the classical sense, but about a good man, and a brave one.

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30 June 2017 (USA) See more »

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